La Jolla Vein Care’s Dr. Nisha Bunke was a guest on this morning’s episode of San Diego Living on CW’s channel 6. Dr. Bunke spoke about the dangers of varicose veins.
Removing varicose and spider veins has never been easier. Click here to view a 3D animation that explains how sclerotherapy can make your veins disappear—without surgery.
Does Flexible Spending (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) Cover Compression Socks?
Compression socks and compression stockings are considered medical garments that are typically covered expenses Flexible Spending (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA). Some FSA and HSA programs expire at the end of the year. Consider stocking up on daily compression socks and stockings or even give them as gifts. FSA and HSA cards are accepted at Compressrx.com
How Chocolate, Wine and Cranberries Are Good For Veins
Foods that are rich in flavinoids may improve symptoms of venous disease. Flavonoids help protect plants from environmental toxins and help repair damage. They can be found in a variety of foods, such as fruits and vegetables. When we eat foods rich in flavonoids, it appears that we also benefit from this “antioxidant” power. In addition to having antioxidant qualities, research shows that flavinoids have other potential influences on vascular health, such as lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the brain and heart, and making blood platelets less sticky and able to clot.Flavinoids are also well known for their ‘venoactive’ effects on the blood vessels and have been proven to reduce symptoms of venous disease such as leg aching, heaviness and swelling.
Foods that are flavinoid rich include cocoa and chocolate, cranberries, apples, peanuts, onions, tea and red wine.
Remind the cook to use compression socks- long hours of standing in the kitchen can cause leg fatigue, heaviness and swelling.
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Did you know that flexible spending (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA) can be used to purchase compression socks and stockings? Some spending accounts expire in January, but now you can wear fashionable compression stockings that offer medical grade support all year long.
In the circulatory system, the veins carry de-oxygenated blood back to the heart. The leg veins carry blood toward the heart, against gravity. Therefore, the leg veins have one-way valves the prevent back flow of blood. When the valves do not function properly, they allow blood to flow backward, causing pooling of blood. This is referred to as venous reflux or venous insufficiency. Eventually, the backflow of the blood will cause varicose veins to develop and symptoms related to the increased pressure in the leg veins such as leg heaviness, aching, swelling, restless legs, night cramps, throbbing and pain.
Muscle herniations of the legs frequently are confused with varicose veins. Patients may present with bulging along the outer part of the shin, that looks like a varicose vein. It may or may not be painful. It goes away with flexing the foot (pointing your toes to your head). But, to experienced vein care specialists, it is clearly a muscle herniation.
A Muscle herniation is a focal protrusion of muscle tissue through a defect in the deep fascial layer. Anterior tibial muscle is the most commonly affected muscle of the lower extremities because its fascia is the most vulnerable to trauma. Clinically it is characterized by asymptomatic or painful, skin-coloured, soft, subcutaneous nodules of various size depending on the position. The diagnosis is usually made clinically based on its typical manifestations, but ultrasonographic examination is useful for detecting the fascial defect and excluding other conditions caused by soft tissue tumours such as lipomas, angiolipomas, fibromas, schwannomas or varicosities.
Usually, surgical treatment is not needed, but may be necessary for increasingly painful hernias.
At La Jolla Vein Care, we frequently see muscle herniations that are confused with varicose veins. Using ultrasound technology and a clinical examination, we can make the accurate diagnosis.
Venous thrombosis is an extremely important condition, that we take very seriously at La Jolla Vein Care. Since we deal with veins, we frequently diagnose this condition in our office. This condition always requires attentions, as consequences can be severe and life-threatening in some cases. The following about World Thrombosis Day, which is a movement to increase public and professional education about blood clots, is reprinted from worldthrombosis.org.
World Thrombosis Day (WTD) is one day – October 13 – around the world dedicated to focusing attention on the often overlooked and misunderstood disease burden caused by thrombosis globally…but it is not a one-time observance.
Thrombosis refers to a blood clot that forms in your artery or vein. It is the one disorder that causes the world’s top three cardiovascular killers: heart attack, stroke and venous thromboembolism (VTE) – a blood clot mostly in the leg or lungs. While most people are aware of heart attack and stroke, fewer people know about VTE. That’s why VTE is our initial focus for WTD.
The World Health Assembly has set a global target of reducing premature deaths from non-infectious disease, including cardiovascular disease, by 25 percent by 2025. To meet this goal, we must reduce thrombosis.
The Factor V Leiden mutation is one of the most common inherited genetic mutations, causing blood clotting disorders. It is found in 4% to 6% of the U.S. population.
If someone has one copy of this genetic mutation (heterozygous), they are considered a carrier of the mutation. A carrier has an approximate 3 to 6 fold increased risk of venous thromboembolism. If a person carries two copies of the genetic mutation (homozygous) their risk of a blood clot is much higher, and many of these patients will be on lifelong blood thinners. This risk is increased when exposed to other risk factors such as pregnancy, oral contraceptives, immobility, and surgery. If you are Factor V Leiden, the doctor may recommend a blood thinner during varicose vein treatment. It is important to talk with your doctor about your history or family history of blood clotting disorders, to better reduce your risk of a blood clot when undergoing any type of procedure or surgery.
Varicose veins, which are the bulging, twisted veins just beneath the surface of the skin, can cause symptoms such as leg heaviness, aching, tiredness, swelling, fatigue, throbbing, burning, restless legs and night cramps. Fortunately, there are a number of non-invasive treatment options to remove them without surgery. The doctors at La Jolla Vein Care have specialized in non-surgical vein removal for several years and thousands of non-surgical vein procedures have been successfully performed at La Jolla Vein Care. See more before and after pictures, on the ‘results’ page.